Woodbury County

Lt. Robert L. Thacker

 

 

 

Sioux Cityan In Big Mission
Lieut. Robert Thacker Has Part in Successful Fighter Patrol


An Eighth A.A.F. Fighter Station, England- Celebrating his group’s 100th mission over enemy territory, First Lieut. Robert L. Thacker, Sioux City, Iowa, Thunderbolt fighter pilot, recently added a substantial contribution to the final score of a fighter patrol carried out over Germany.

He shared in the destruction of four German locomotives, strafed a German railroad station, and scored hits on dispersal huts and barracks on a Nazi airdrome.

The total score for the lightning stab in Germany was; 11 enemy planes destroyed; 6 probably destroyed and 12 others damaged. In addition, there were 7 locomotives shot up; 2 complete coal trains derailed and wrecked; several airplane hangars set afire; 4 flak towers damaged and a German staff car and its personnel strafed. Even a Flying Fortress, which had crash-landed on a German airfield, was shot up and rendered useless.

Lieut. Thacker, 23, is the son of Mrs. Agnes Thacker, 316 W. First Street, Sioux City. He was graduated from Central High in 1938, and prior to his enlistment in the air force, he was employed as an automobile parts salesman.

Lieut. Thacker won his wings in March, 1943, and now holds the air medal and three oak leaf clusters, “for meritorious service in aerial flight over enemy occupied Europe.”

Source: Sioux City Journal, April 19, 1944